Now On View: Senior Art Showcase

April 8 – April 29, 2022

In this exhibition, seniors Megan Butler, Florence Butterfield, Emily Fisher, and Luecy Xiong display a sample of work that they have been working on since the start of the school year. These works are part of a larger body of work focused on a unique teen perspective ranging from fear to identity and the environment to growing up.

Coming soon – integrated Spanish tiles by Mrs. Flynn’s Spanish 5 students.


Megan Butler

“If These Walls Could Talk”

Film Photography

24 x 30 in

2022

This film photo is one of my favorite pieces so far. The shadows and the stress really bring out the mood of this shot. This abandoned house has an interesting backstory. I wanted to capture its history by bringing out the dark shadows that it naturally has. When I look at this house, or even through the windows, there are so many things that scatter my mind. When choosing a title I wanted to choose an interesting point of view. I thought it would be very fascinating to have the walls of the building tell the story. Never would I have thought of this perspective before, but this point of view would be intriguing in any building. I hope to dig deeper into this house and do a shoot from the inside out.

Megan Butler

“Disassociation”

Digital Photography

11 x 14 inches

2021

For this self-portrait, I wanted to create something that portrayed how I feel when I am photographing. By using a method called long exposure, I was able to create this abstract image. When I am photographing I feel as if I am disassociated from reality. There is something that photography provides that makes me feel like a whole new person. People do not see what is underneath just by looking at somebody or something’s surface.

Megan Butler

“Decomposition”

Woodcut Print

12 x 16 in

2022

Nature, no matter what it is, is beautiful. Whether that be plants, life, death, or decomposition. Decomposition can often be seen as unpleasant. Personally, there is so much more to it than revolting smells and sadness. The end of one life can also be beautiful. Instead of viewing death as the end of something, understand that there are many more opportunities ahead of you. Begin to realize that death is natural and beautiful in many ways.

Florence Butterfield

“Spiders of Fear”

Polymer clay, wood, and yarn

11 x 11.5 inches

2021

The spiders represent fear. It topples over one another becoming a mountain of anxiety. The anxiety is already sunken in the mind. Tangled up in its own string of web. Nesting where they feel safe. Absorbing the sounds from within not being able to use your voice. The darkness surrounds my presence, not being able to see or think.

Emily Fisher

“Greenhouse”

Watercolor

11 x 9 inches

2021

A greenhouse is both environmentally friendly and sustainable for agriculture. The benefits of this include reduced water consumption, the ability for people to grow their own food and know exactly what goes into it, and the use of ethical building materials such as glass. I incorporated all the elements of what makes a greenhouse sustainable in my piece.

Emily Fisher

“Sprout”

Digital Art

8 x 8 inches

2022

I was given the opportunity to be selected for the Innovator Fellowship, a program designed to allow students to create a project about which they are passionate. For my project, I chose to focus on the environment and create an opportunity for people to engage with the natural world. I’m accomplishing this by creating a storybook trail within Sheboygan’s Ellwood H. May Environmental Park. I’m creating and illustrating a children’s book displayed on signage along the Maple Forest Loop trail. My project aims to teach others how to be good environmental stewards through nature, physical activity, literacy, and art.

Luecy Xiong

“Sunflowers”

Pen & Ink

11×14 inches

2021

Sunflowers represent devotion and happiness. “Backstabbing” refers to the action of criticizing someone in a cruel/treacherous manner while feigning friendship. I portrayed the act of betrayal by illustrating the absolute trust an individual has lost. One’s kindness being taken advantage of is belittling, cruel, and dishonest. 

Luecy Xiong

“Sea Beyond the Horizon”

Digital

11×17 inches

2021

The overwhelming suffocation drowns the minds of many students. Some forget there is much more to life than a piece of paper- that there lies a bright light in the far distance awaiting them. I wanted to accentuate this magical-like feeling by incorporating sea life into my piece.

Luecy Xiong

“Dislike

Pen & Ink 

12.5 x 19.5 inches

2022 

We frame ourselves in a negative manner on social media. Constant comparisons, negative messages, and overwhelming hate feed onto an individual’s own esteem to the point of dissociating their online persona from their in-person self. Despite the drainage of one’s own mental capacity, many individuals continue to consume media out of helplessness, validation, and depression. 

Mr. Juarez to present at the NAEA Convention in Minneapolis, MN

Mr. Juarez will be presenting at the upcoming National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in Minneapolis, MN. He will be presenting on the topic of Social Networking via Skype. 

Since 2014, he has been Skyping contemporary artists into his classroom that he has worked with through a project he created called, Midwest Artist Studios Project. One of the project’s goals was to provide a way for art teachers and students to interact with these artists via Skype. Through this platform, artists and students had the opportunity to talk about the work they have created or in the process of creating. This exchange resulted in critiques, Q & A’s about each other’s work, or just the opportunity to talk ‘art shop’.

This Fall, Mr. Juarez decided to make these Skype talks more formal through a program he titles, “Skype Session Series”. Each month will bring a new artist from anywhere in the U.S. and beyond into the art room to engage in meaningful discussions, engage in constructive criticism, and provide the opportunity for his art students to begin networking with artists who are doing what they are passionate about. The artists are paired with students who are working in the same medium and/or genre. The sessions are screened for the entire class to participate in this experience. 

NAEA received over 1,300 presentation proposals this year. Selection relied upon scoring criteria for the blind peer review and selection process. The peer review process ensures each proposed presentation receives three separate blind reviews that employ careful thought and consideration in terms of the Statement of Purpose and Outcomes, Organization of Content, Relevance of Topic, and Impact on Practice. The caliber of this year’s presentations was excellent—making the acceptance of 691 sessions (approximately 45%) highly competitive.

Some of this school year’s line up are Joe Bussell (KS), Andrea Guzzetta (CA), Jenniffer Omaitz (OH), Laura Nugent (MO), Laura Sims Peck (WI), Jason Rohlf (NY), Jay Riggio (CA), and Jane Ryder (IA).

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Recent Skype session

Jay Riggio, Los Angeles, CA

Images courtesy of the artist

L to R: In the Darkness, there was something of a light, Handcut Paper, Paint, Ink, Glue & Layered Resin on Wood Panel, 24”x24”x1”, 2019 | The WaitingHandcut Paper, Paint, Glue & Layered Resin on Wood Panel, 12”x12”x1”, 2019 | The Movement of a DaydreamHandcut Paper, Paint, Glue & Layered Resin 3D Wood Assemblage, 18” x 13” x 1”, 2019

Jay Riggio, a self-taught visual artist, was born in Long Island, New York in 1978. Utilizing original source material from discarded magazines and books, Riggio’s work brings new life to once forgotten imagery through complex, mixed media collages. His works depict dream-inspired stories through unique, surrealistic visual pairings: a reflection of the artists interpretations on life, love, humor and the human condition. 

In addition to exhibiting work in galleries around the world, Riggio has done commercial illustrations for brands like Gather JournalThe New York TimesBrooklyn Magazine, Alice McCall, A24 Films, Lovesick Skateboards and more. 

Jay currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

www.jayriggioart.com

instagram.com/jayriggioart


Student testimonial

“After talking with Jay Riggio, I felt more confident with my art and myself as an artist. Since I’m still a student, and also unsure of my art, talking to Jay made me more confident and happier for my work. A lot of things that he talked about—not having found an “art style” yet, how emotions play a big role in his work, and his motivation to always try new things—really connected and stuck with me. Like him, I don’t necessarily have a set art style developed yet, and Jay further assure that I don’t need to quickly strive for one. Also, when Jay was describing emotions playing a big role in his works, I wasn’t really expecting emotions to be an answer, but I couldn’t agree more. I realized that a lot of my emotions also plays a role in my work and how I get ideas. When describing his motivation to keep trying new things, I saw that as very inspiring. As an artist, it is scary sometimes to try something new, and it also costs money. So, when Jay was talking about that, I saw it as inspiring that he has that ambition to strive for new ideas and new mediums. Right now, I have many things I want to try but I’ve been hesitant to try. Hearing Jay talk about this will keep me pushing through this and to explore more. This experience with him was a very nervous, but thankful and insightful experience. I hope I can grow more from this”. – Abbey X, grade 11.


Mr. Juarez will also be presenting on “Secondary Best Practices and Exemplary Lessons:  In/Outside of Art and Art Education”. This presentation integrates the art world into the art room as a multi-dimensional approach to student learning, increase rigor, and college & career readiness.

NHS Artist in Residence, Cooper Diers at Sheboygan North High School

Artist & North High alumnus, Cooper Diers ends his semester long residency at Sheboygan North High School in a couple of weeks. As part of our exit interview process we’ve spent a few minutes with him to see how his experience was this spring semester. We’ll miss ya!!!


About Cooper

My name is Cooper. I was brought into existence by two people (like most of us), who both possess considerable imaginations. My father creates through carpentry, specializing in cabinetry, and is an exceptional chef, while my mother designs works in several mediums of visual art. Both have had an interest, appreciation, and intrinsic ability in a number of creative fields from early on and I would like to consider myself fortunate enough to have been predisposed to a lot of creativity, relying on it as a constant throughout my life. Though the approach to my work is predominantly self-taught, the influence and encouragement of several teachers during my academic career has helped the continuation of my work from a practical perspective. Music and sound are the deepest source of affect on my psyche.

About the Sheboygan North High School Art Department

The mission of the Sheboygan North High Art Department is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment that will stimulate risk-taking, originality, and collaboration through the use of 21st Century skills in both communication and a rigorous studio practice. 

365 Artists 365 Days Project at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Conference

Today Mr. Juarez presented the 365 Artists 365 Days Project at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Fall Conference at the Bruce Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee. This project is used as a vehicle to infuse Literacy into the art room. This project exposes, educates, and engages his Art Foundations 1/2 students into the world of Contemporary Art through the use of technology, silent reading, group discussion, and individual work on a weekly basis.

Mr. Juarez is currently compiling a list consisting of artists’ names, locations, website and genres. To receive this database email Mr. Juarez at fjuarez(at)sasd.net and in the subject box type: 365 Database. This will become available in early  January 2015.

Mr. Juarez is available to talk to any teacher interested in implementing this project into his/her art curriculum. 

About the 365 Artists 365 Days Project

On January 1, 2014, Frank Juarez from the Frank Juarez Gallery (Sheboygan) and Rachel Quirk and Zina Mussman from the Greymatter Gallery (Milwaukee) launched the 365 Artists 365 Days Project to the world.

What started as a way to spotlight contemporary artists daily  from across the country blossomed into getting the attention of artists from across the globe such as Germany, Slovenia, Australia,  Russia, London, Serbia, Israel and the United Kingdom.

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Click here to download his presentation and handout(s). 

365 Artists 365 Days Project Frank Juarez – PowerPoint

365 Artists 365 Days Project Frank Juarez  – PDF

365 Artists 365 Days Project Art Edition (Flyer) – PDF

Student Audio

All questions can be directed to Frank Juarez, art department chair, at fjuarez(at)sasd.net.